Lights, Camera, Fire
July 12, 2012

"No poetry after Auschwitz,” said Adorno. Except for Chaplin—who said that he wouldn’t have made The Great Dictator had he known about the Holocaust—f

Term Warfare
July 11, 2012

In his Islamism and Islam, Bassam Tibi is successful in demonstrating that the Islamic tradition contains seeds which could form the basis of a modern

Winged Sense
July 10, 2012

Professor Tim Birkhead, author of The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Ornithology, is a birder of birders, and his new book, as its title implies, is an am

The Imaginary Jew
July 09, 2012

What is genuinely illuminating in the Bech stories is not what John Updike knows about Jewishness, which is not very much, but what he imagines about

Capitalism Is Regulation
July 05, 2012

Critics of Wall Street argue that the financial crisis proves that deregulation failed. The erstwhile defenders of financial deregulation are on the d

Hamilton? Jefferson?
July 03, 2012

In our current slough of economic despair, is it time for Americans to recognize that we should all become Hamiltonians, following the genius of our f

The School Question
July 02, 2012

The problem of the place of religion in the American public school—the “school question”—has never had a settled answer. It was a question which the f

Sad New World
June 28, 2012

In her methodical march across the nation’s history, Susan J. Matt shows that we are reluctant immigrants, hesitant pioneers, unenthusiastic warriors,

Painting Ugly
June 27, 2012

How Should a Person Be?, based on recorded conversations between Heti and her friends, describes a woman named Sheila making a life in Toronto after l